University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Dean Schillinger, MD

Dean Schillinger, MD

Professor, Department of Medicine, UCSF

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Research Summary

Dean Schillinger MD serves as Chief of the UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH). In 2006, he founded the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations, and currently directs the UCSF Health Communications Research Program. Dr. Schillinger served as Chief Medical Officer for the Diabetes Prevention and Control Program for California from 2008-13. He previously directed the ambulatory care clinics at SFGH. He co-directs a national course on Medical Care of Vulnerable and Underserved Patients and edits a textbook of the same name. Author of over 275 peer-reviewed articles, he is an international expert in health communication and in diabetes-related healthcare and public health. He has focused his research on health communication for vulnerable populations, carrying out a number of studies exploring the impact of limited health literacy on prevention and control of diabetes and heart disease. He has been awarded grants from NIDDK, AHRQ, CDC, NLM and private foundations in the field of health communication science. Dr. Schillinger contributed to the 2004 IOM Report on Health Literacy and authored a 2012 IOM Publication defining the attributes of Health Literate Healthcare Organizations. He was honored with the 2003 Institute for Healthcare Advancement Research Award, the 2008 Research Award in Safety and Quality from the National Patient Safety Foundation and the Bay Area Research Mentor of the Year Award in 2010 and the 2016 Institute for Health Policy Career Mentoring Award. In 2013, he received the Everett M Rogers Award from APHA in recognition of his lifelong contributions to advancing the study and practice of public health communication. In 2017, he was honored with the San Francisco Heroes and Hearts Award. He currently serves as UCSF PI for an NIH Center for Type 2 Diabetes Translational Research, and closely collaborates with UCSF Global Health Sciences and colleagues at INSP and UNAM in Mexico to co-direct the UC-Mexico Diabetes Public Health Research Initiative. Dr. Schillinger has been instrumental in local public health regulation of sugary drinks, and served as the scientific expert for the City and County of San Francisco in defense of a lawsuit filed in Federal Court by the American Beverage Association for an injunction against the City’s ordinance to mandate health warning labels on billboards advertising sugary drinks. He also co-created a youth-led diabetes prevention social media campaign called The Bigger Picture Campaign, http://thebiggerpictureproject.org/, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, NIMHD, and The California Endowment. The Bigger Picture has received numerous film and media awards, and received the 2014 Latino Coalition for a Health California Award for Youth Leadership and the Spirit of 1848 Social Justice Award from the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the 2015 UC-Community Partnership Award. In 2016, Dr. Schillinger was honored with a James L Irvine California Leadership Award for his innovative work in to improve public health literacy and address the epidemic of Type 2 diabetes. This led to the scaling of The Bigger Picture campaign with 8 spoken word programs across California; youth poets of color and their poems were recently highlighted in a 2018 JAMA publication and an associated New York Times feature story.

Education

Brown University, BA, 1986, Russian Language and Literature
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, MD, 1991, Medicine
UC San Francisco, SF General Hospital, SF, CA, Resident, 1991-94, Internal Medicine
UC San Francisco, SF General Hospital, SF, CA, Chief Resident, 1994-95, Internal Medicine
UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, 2002-3, Advanced Clinical Research Scholar


Professional Experience

  • 1995-2002
    Assistant Professor, UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine
  • 1995-1998
    Medical Director, General Medical Clinic, SF General Hospital
  • 2003-2004
    Scientific Advisory Board, ACP Health Communication Initiative
  • 1995-present
    Faculty, UCSF Primary Care Research Center, Medical Effectiveness Research Center
  • 2002-present
    Associate Professor of Medicine, UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine
  • 2006
    Visiting Scholar (1 semester), University of Chile School of Public Health, Santiago, Chile
  • 2007-present
    Director, UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations, SF General Hospital
  • 2008-present
    Professor of Medicine in Residence, UCSF Department of Medicine
  • 2008-present
    Faculty, RWJ Foundation Health & Society Scholars Program; UCSF Global Health Sciences
  • 2008-present
    Chief, Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, California Dept of Public Health
  • 2009-present
    Acting Chief, UCSF/SFGH Division of General Internal Medicine

Honors & Awards

  • 2001
    Reviewer, Institute of Medicine Report on Insurance, Access, and Health
  • 2003
    Outstanding Researcher of the Year Award, Institute for Health Care Advancement
  • 2004
    Contributing Author, Institute of Medicine Report on Health Literacy
  • 2005
    Outstanding Research Paper of the Year Award, Society Teachers of Family Medicine
  • 2005-2006
    JCAHO Policy Roundtable on Literacy and Patient Safety
  • 2006
    Contributor, Surgeon General Workshop on Improving Health Literacy
  • 2008
    Advancing Patient Safety Research Award in Health Literacy, Nat Patient Safety Foundation
  • 2009
    George Engel Career Research Award, Am. Assn Communication in Healthcare
  • 2017
    2017 Heroes & Hearts Award, San Francisco General Hospital Foundation

Selected Publications

  1. Basu S, Jacobs LM, Epel E, Schillinger D, Schmidt L. Cost-Effectiveness Of A Workplace Ban On Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Sales: A Microsimulation Model. Health Aff (Millwood). 2020 Jul; 39(7):1140-1148.
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  2. Schillinger D. The Intersections Between Social Determinants of Health, Health Literacy, and Health Disparities. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2020 Jun 25; 269:22-41.
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  3. Rodríguez LA, Barquera S, Aguilar-Salinas CA, Sepúlveda-Amor J, Sánchez-Romero LM, Denova-Gutiérrez E, Balderas N, Moreno-Loaeza L, Handley MA, Basu S, López-Arellano O, Gallardo-Hernández A, Schillinger D. Design of a cluster-randomized trial of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of metformin on prevention of type 2 diabetes among prediabetic Mexican adults (the PRuDENTE initiative of Mexico City). Contemp Clin Trials. 2020 Jun 21; 95:106067.
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  4. Schillinger D, Chittamuru D, Ramírez AS. From "Infodemics" to Health Promotion: A Novel Framework for the Role of Social Media in Public Health. Am J Public Health. 2020 Jun 18; e1-e4.
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  5. Ponce J, Yuan H, Schillinger D, Mahmood H, Lee M, Falbe J, Daniels R, Madsen KA. Retailer perspectives on sugar-sweetened beverage taxes in the California Bay Area. Prev Med Rep. 2020 Sep; 19:101129.
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  6. Sharma AE, Lyson HC, Cherian R, Somsouk M, Schillinger D, Sarkar U. A Root Cause Analysis of Barriers to Timely Colonoscopy in California Safety-Net Health Systems. J Patient Saf. 2020 May 26.
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  7. Liu R, Santana T, Schillinger D, Hecht FM, Chao MT. "It Gave Me Hope" Experiences of Diverse Safety Net Patients in a Group Acupuncture Intervention for Painful Diabetic Neuropathy. Health Equity. 2020; 4(1):225-231.
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  8. Crossley SA, Balyan R, Liu J, Karter AJ, McNamara D, Schillinger D. Developing and Testing Automatic Models of Patient Communicative Health Literacy Using Linguistic Features: Findings from the ECLIPPSE study. Health Commun. 2020 Mar 02; 1-11.
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  9. Glaser J, Nouri S, Fernandez A, Sudore RL, Schillinger D, Klein-Fedyshin M, Schenker Y. Interventions to Improve Patient Comprehension in Informed Consent for Medical and Surgical Procedures: An Updated Systematic Review. Med Decis Making. 2020 02; 40(2):119-143.
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  10. Mangurian C, Schillinger D, Newcomer JW, Vittinghoff E, Essock S, Zhu Z, Dyer W, Young-Wolff KC, Schmittdiel J. Comorbid Diabetes and Severe Mental Illness: Outcomes in an Integrated Health Care Delivery System. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 Jan; 35(1):160-166.
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  11. Chao MT, Schillinger D, Nguyen U, Santana T, Liu R, Gregorich S, Hecht FM. A Randomized Clinical Trial of Group Acupuncture for Painful Diabetic Neuropathy Among Diverse Safety Net Patients. Pain Med. 2019 11 01; 20(11):2292-2302.
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  12. Semere W, Crossley S, Karter AJ, Lyles CR, Brown W, Reed M, McNamara DS, Liu JY, Schillinger D. Secure Messaging with Physicians by Proxies for Patients with Diabetes: Findings from the ECLIPPSE Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 11; 34(11):2490-2496.
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  13. Khoong EC, Cherian R, Matta GY, Lyles CR, Schillinger D, Ratanawongsa N. Perspectives of English, Chinese, and Spanish-Speaking Safety-Net Patients on Clinician Computer Use: Qualitative Analysis. J Med Internet Res. 2019 05 22; 21(5):e13131.
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  14. Mangurian C, Giwa A, Brosey E, Shumway M, Dilley J, Fuentes-Afflick E, Pérez-Stable EJ, Schillinger D. Opinions of Primary Care Clinicians and Psychiatrists on Monitoring the Metabolic Effects of Antipsychotics. J Am Board Fam Med. 2019 May-Jun; 32(3):418-423.
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  15. Beaman J, Schillinger D. Responding to Evolving Abortion Regulations - The Critical Role of Primary Care. N Engl J Med. 2019 May 02; 380(18):e30.
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  16. Lyles CR, Tieu L, Sarkar U, Kiyoi S, Sadasivaiah S, Hoskote M, Ratanawongsa N, Schillinger D. A Randomized Trial to Train Vulnerable Primary Care Patients to Use a Patient Portal. J Am Board Fam Med. 2019 Mar-Apr; 32(2):248-258.
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  17. Crosbie E, Schillinger D, Schmidt LA. State Preemption to Prevent Local Taxation of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages. JAMA Intern Med. 2019 03 01; 179(3):291-292.
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  18. Balyan R, Crossley SA, Brown W, Karter AJ, McNamara DS, Liu JY, Lyles CR, Schillinger D. Using natural language processing and machine learning to classify health literacy from secure messages: The ECLIPPSE study. PLoS One. 2019; 14(2):e0212488.
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  19. Lee MM, Falbe J, Schillinger D, Basu S, McCulloch CE, Madsen KA. Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption 3 Years After the Berkeley, California, Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax. Am J Public Health. 2019 04; 109(4):637-639.
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  20. Cherian R, Sarkar U, Khoong EC, Ackerman S, Gourley G, Schillinger D. Standardization in Diverse Populations: Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices in a Safety-Net Setting. Health Lit Res Pract. 2019 Jan; 3(1):e43-e46.
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